What Is a Dental Crown?
When a tooth’s structure has decayed to the point where a filling isn’t enough, your dentist may recommend a crown or cap. A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size, and protecting and strengthening it.
Crowns are generally considered for broken or fractured teeth, have large or fractured fillings, have undergone a root canal, or are heavily decayed. They are also sometimes used for cosmetic enhancement. Crowns are highly durable, but may eventually need replacing.
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Why Do I Need a Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain crowns are the most popular, as they are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth. They are also durable, lasting many years before replacements are needed.
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How Do Crowns Work?
The standard fitting for a crown takes two appointments; one to take impressions to make a natural mold of the tooth, and a second to get it fitted and attached correctly. While the molds are being made, you’ll be given a temporary crown that will last from 2-4 weeks, and the dentist will check to make sure your bite is correct with the provisional tooth.
Your temporary crown will be removed at the second appointment, the surface below will be cleaned, and the new molded tooth is put in place with permanent glue. After everything is in place, the dentist will give further care instructions and also discuss how often to schedule routine checkups for your crown.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
The lifetime of your dental crown will depend on your overall oral health, as well as how well you care for your teeth. By practicing good at-home care and maintaining your regular checkup schedule, you can expect your crown to last 10-15 years before needing to be repaired or replaced.